So I had to come here to eat my words: I finally upgraded my x201 from 4GB of RAM to 8GB, and it’s great! Feel pretty stupid waiting this long to do that.
I also got a discontinued IBM x3690 x5 server recently, which I’m really enjoying for its 40 hyperthreads (20 cores in total) and 64GB of RAM!
Whole thing actually cost less than a smartphone even after picking up a UPS power backup, the monitor/keyboard rack combo and a 4U portable rack for it. (Not pictured – it’s a big green ex-military pelican case…) This is kind of crazy to me since servers like this go for tens of thousands of dollars new, and this was only discontinued a few years ago. (It was new circa 2012 I think.)
(Both these developments were encouraged by working on the long-form ambient compilation. Dropping 45 minute audio segments into the blender with ease now. :))
For example, this 56 minute render that does 8x granular passes over a 45 minute field recording took less than a minute to run